iOS application for quadrotor remote control: Implementation of basic functions with iphone

Zeming Lu, Fusaomi Nagata, Keigo Watanabe, Maki K. Habib

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With the progress of electronics technology, the development of civilian UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) applications becomes possible. In addition, smartphones have rapidly gained popularity and become very important due to the simple operability and mobility. Hence, there is a need to have an easy and flexible way to control a UAV using such technology. In this study, a remote controller using an iOS device is developed for a quadrotor to enable remote control with easy operations. Four basic programs for obtaining compass information, controlling a gimbal, autopilot function for return, and video preview function are developed and implemented for an iOS device. The basic functionalities of the programs are evaluated and confirmed through experiments using a quadrotor and an iOS device.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-379
Number of pages6
JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2017



  • iOS
  • iPhone
  • Quadrotor
  • Remote control
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle
  • User interface for UAV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Artificial Intelligence

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